Sunday, January 30th: Bluebird Grains, Phocas Succulents, Beets, Butter & Bedding (for you garden), and Some Suh-weet Potatoes!

Hey kids! Bluebird Grain Farms returns for one week to your Ballard Farmers Market today! So stock up on whole grains, flour, cereal and mixes now to last you through the next month, when they come again. See, there is a lot of snow up there in Winthrop right now, and it takes some doing for Bluebird to come over to Seattle. Thus, they come over once a month in winter, instead of weekly. Personally, I think they need to get tougher and show us Big City yahoos how Eastside farmers can brave any weather, but hey, what do I know? (I heard that!)

Hey kids! Big Jim from Phocas Farms is back this week, too... as he will be for many weeks to come. He has those spectacular succulents, remember... and saffron! Local saffron!!! And this is an awesome time of year to plant succulents, while they can develop healthy root structures so they can carry on through the summer, happily neglected by you! Woohoo!!!

With our spat of warmish weather lately, our buddies at Full Circle Farm have beautiful beets on the rebound with equally beautiful, fresh, tender greens! Yeah, baby!!! Not only do you get two dishes for the price of one, but you get GREENS!!! Now, if you are not as excited as I am about this, you clearly have been on vacation in Barbados for like the last two months. Cuz greens anything is kind of a big deal right now.

Butter. It's what's for dinner. And did you know that Golden Glen Creamery as pretty much the only farmstead butter maker in Washington? And it's some gooood butter, too. And lately, the ladies up at Golden Glen have been tinkering with all manner of flavors for their butter. There are seven different flavors in just the photo above. So get your butter on today, at your Ballard Farmers Market.

I heart sweet potatoes, but for the longest time, I couldn't get them at a local farmers market around Seattle. Surprisingly, very few farmers in Washington grow them. But lucky for us, Lyall Farms began growing these tuberous delights a year ago and sharing them with us here in the Peoples' Republic of Ballard. Thank you, Lyall Farms, for broadening our root diet this time of year.

Now is a good time to lay down some cover crop seed from Nash's on your vegetable gardens to help restore nutrients in the soil in advance of the growing season. Cover crops help restore nitrogen and other vital nutrients your veggies will need to grow well and make you look like Popeye. Read more about cover crop seed here.

When she's not watching the Snoqualmie River rising around her house, Michaele Blakely of Growing Things Farm in Carnation is out tending her chickens. Those chickens reward her with some of the best darned eggs I've ever tasted. And the good news is that, even this time of year, Michaele has a healthy supply of eggs for us at Ballard Farmers Market. Mmm. Eggs.

People of Ballard: Olsen Farms has your Viking purple potatoes. So grab some, steam them and slather them with some of that Golden Glen butter, scarf them down with a smile on your face, and then go conquer and pillage like your Viking ancestors. Well, not really. The authorities might not be happy about that. Wait, everyone, maybe we just secede from Seattle. Woohoo! Who's with me?!? (Sorry. Them spuds just carried me away for a minute.)

There is much more waiting for you at your Ballard Farmers Market today. Just check the What’s Fresh Now! listings in the upper right-hand corner of this page for a more complete accounting of what is in season right now. But please note that due to our recent cold weather, some crops may not be available as anticipated.